This is how to live it up this weekend

It’s the weekend, you better believe it and it’s going to be a good one!

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With family-friendly events, live performances, adrenaline-fuelled experiences and much more, why would you want to stay at home?

Thursday 5th October 

Time to rhyme

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Spoken word and performance poetry are an important part of Arabic culture and here in the capital we’re lucky to have a new generation of poets who love to perform and recite. Bringing some immersive spoken word to the stage for fans and those who want to try something new, Backyard Poetry is the place to be this weekend for some cutting-edge poetry, verses and storytelling. Intrigued? You know where to be this weekend. AED 30. Art House Cafe, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen. 7pm-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/backyardpoetryTM

Funny business

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Returning to the rooftop for another evening of gags, the best comedians in the capital will be taking to the stage at Courtyard by Marriott. With comedians from the UK, US, India and beyond, they’ve got all the bases covered. Want to know what they think about VAT? Their first impressions of the capital after arriving from overseas? Or maybe just a few silly jokes? Here’s your chance to start the weekend with a laugh. Free entry. Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. 8pm. Visit: yallalaughs.com 

Friday 6th October 

Rock out!

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Inviting rockers in the capital to come out and enjoy some live music, Rock Under the Stars is back again this month on the terrace of The Sportsman’s Arms. Abu Dhabi band Straight Jacket will be taking to the stage to belt out the tunes for a complete musical experience throughout the night – and they might even take requests. And if you get hungry you can tuck into hot dogs, burgers, chicken wings and other pub grub to keep you going. Free entry. The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 7pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com

Join the circus

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Taking over Yas Marina Circuit to bring unbelievable world firsts to the capital, riders in the Nitro Circus ensemble will be aiming to defy belief with incredible stunts and tricks. Flying through the air off the team’s signature 40ft Giganta Ramp aboard BMXs, motocross and even customised rides like snowmobiles and shopping trolleys, you’ve definitely never seen anything quite like this. From AED 250. Yas Marina Circuit. 7pm. Visit: tixbox.com

Saturday 7th October 

Did someone say free food?

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Celebrating the launch of its new menu (and a rather fetching refit) Giraffe World Kitchen in Yas Mall is giving away 100 free meals to the first 100 customers to walk through the door this Saturday. With main courses like pulled beef brisket skillet and the rodeo chicken burger, there’s great food for most tastes – and did we mention it was free? Why not get yourself along and make the most of the offer this weekend? Free entry. Giraffe, Yas Mall, ground floor next to the town square. From midday. Contact: 02 565 0711, yasmall.ae 

See a classic

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Okay, so there’s a lot of buzz around the recently-released sequel, but the original Blade Runner truly is something special. Based on Phillip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, the 1982 film saw Harrison Ford take the lead in a neo-noir film that broke the mould and turned sci-fi on its head. With so many versions of the film been released, including the original theatrical version, director’s cut and more, this is a great opportunity to see the final cut, as director Ridley Scott wants you to see it, on the big screen. Free, but registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium, Saadiyat Island. 7pm. Visit: cinemaspace-bladerunner.splashthat.com

Grab a bite

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Returning to the capital this weekend, the Food Truck Jam is bringing some of the best food trucks from across the UAE to the capital for a feast. With live music, entertainment for children, and did we mention loads of food trucks selling everything from pizza to Mexican food, it’s a great destination to chill out as a family and kill a few hours. Free entry. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, next to Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Resort, Sas Al Nakhl. From 4pm. Visit: facebook.com/events/1643955762342254/

Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae

And don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!

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